October is Pork Month

posted on Monday, October 8, 2012 in News

October is Pork Month

Did You Know?

1) Wall Street got its name because free roaming hogs were notorious for rampaging the grain fields of New York City farmers. The Manhattan Island residents chose to keep the hogs out by erecting a permanent wall on the northern edge of what is know Lower Manhattan. A street came to border this wall and was named "Wall Street."

2) Salt pork from New Jersey was shipped behind British lines to Valley Forge to feed the hungry Continental Army in the winter of 1776 and 1777.

3) Each market hog represents 371 servings of pork. (Based on a 265 market weight and 8 ounces serving size)

4) Pork is the worlds most widely eaten meat at 40% consumption (Chicken 29%, Beef 24%, Turkey 2%).

5) 81% of the U.S. population consumes pork at least once in a two week period.

6) The number one sandwich served in-home at lunch is the ham sandwich (2-Peanut Butter and Jelly, 3-Turkey, 4-Cheese, 5-Hot Dog).

7) The safe internal temperature for pork is 145 degrees Fahrenheit and will result flavorful, tender and juicy pork.

8) Hogs are a source of nearly 20 drugs and pharmaceuticals including insulin and heart valves.

9) Co-products from hogs are involved in the manufacturing of leather, plywood adhesive, glue, porcelain enamel, glass, water filters, lubricants, cosmetics and plastics to name a few.

10) America's Pork Producers are committed to producing safe, nutritious, tasty and affordable pork for our country and the world.

Take time to thank a pork producer.

Source: The Pork Industry at a Glance: Quick Facts available at www.pork.org